PORTLAND, Victoria


The people of Dhauwurd-Wurrung approached Select Group with a view to renovate and extend the existing Health and Wellbeing Centre in order to expand facilities and provide state of the art health care for the local Portland community.


Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECH) had outgrown its original facilities so our brief was to provide contemporary design recommendations for a renovation and addition to the existing building which sits on a 7732m2 site area.
The innovative design and treatment to the external facade includes new cladding in natural timber panels, the addition of slot windows and striking panels featuring colourful, authentic indigenous art. The additions and renovations were designed with modern day health issues in mind. The service will provide general practice medical care, specialist consulting and social services.
To assist in building strong and unified community ownership, the process required an inclusive working partnership with the Dhauwurd – Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Services, local community, State and Federal government bodies.